Originally Posted by The Ace
The big problem with this is that you're starting a one-man operation and keeping your fingers crossed.
For every self-published novel that has merit, there are a thousand that weren't picked up by a publisher because they were cr*p.
It's worth a try, I'll admit, but reviewers and retailers tend to avoid self-published work for this very reason and, while publishers do make bad decisions (JK Rowling will tell anyone who asks) they generally know what they're doing. That's why the big publishing houses are big publishing houses.
Oh I am certainly still trying the traditional route. Still sending submissions etc and of course if I ever got taken on I would be very happy. BUT ask yourself: is it better for 50 or 100 to read your book and a tiny number enjoy it and ask for the sequel (as has happened with Tomorrow's Guardian in my case).
OR wait for ever for that publisher or agent.
Me? I am trying both approaches.